Saturday, April 13, 2019

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In the 1856 Willie handcart company journal of Jens Pederson at Rocky Ridge, Jens states he had to do what to a man that refused to move?
a.                  Kick him
b.                  Slap him in the face
c.                   Carry him
d.                  HIt him with a stick
Yesterday’s answer:
B   In the Mormon Battalion
In 1847 Daniel W. Jones enlisted with the Missouri volunteers for service in the war with Mexico. After the war he remained in Mexico until 1850, when he returned to Santa Fe. There he joined a group of frontiersmen in the task of driving 8,000 sheep via Salt Lake Valley to Upper California.
After a near fatal accident on the Green River, he was left by his companions in a Mormon Settlement on the Provo River near Utah Lake. “On arriving at the [settlement]. . . .[I] was determined that I would stay and see for myself, and if Mormonism was what they said it was, I would go no further for all the gold in California. Since I was ten years old I had believed there was something before me worth living of and that God would eventually answer my prayers and let me know how to serve him.”
After casting a curious eye about him at the Mormons, he took kindly toward them and on January 27th, 1851, he was baptized. The remainder of his adventurous lifetime was spent as peacemaker to the warring Indian tribes, missionary to the Indians, and frontier scout.
Stewart E. Glazier and Robert S. Clark, Journey of the Trail (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1997), 81-82.

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